Local Ohio Chambers in Action on Clean Energy: January 2018 Update

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Columbus Chamber Welcomes AEP’s Big Commitment to Clean Energy

"Businesses now want to be part of the clean energy solution. Our members are innovating and developing cutting edge technology to propel our country, state, and region’s efforts to achieve energy efficiency, affordability, diversity, and dependence,” said Holly Gross, Vice President of Government Relations for the Columbus Chamber of Commerce. “Furthermore, Columbus has become a major hub for technology firms, and they want to power their operations with clean energy. It's welcome and fitting news that Columbus' own power producer, American Electric Power, is making this major commitment to reduce renewable electricity,” Gross added. “This could help to expand opportunities for tech firms and innovative businesses in the region.” More.


 Ohio CICE members continue to share their front-line experience with economic development benefits of clean energy projects with state government leaders.

Ohio CICE members continue to share their front-line experience with economic development benefits of clean energy projects with state government leaders.

Ohio Local Chamber Leaders Share Story of Wind Benefits with State Legislators

Local chamber, economic development leaders, and community officials recently shared their front-line stories about the benefits of wind with state government leaders. Susan Munroe, President and CEO of the Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce and Seneca County Commissioner Shayne Thomas also addressed the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to describe the value that tax base increases, property owner payments, and increased economic activity deliver to their economies when utility scale wind farms are constructed.

Read their testimony here and here.


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Paulding Chamber Welcomes Third Wind Project—and an Ever-growing Tax Base

"We welcome a third wind project to our community, which will bring with it economic activity and a growing tax base," said Mikayla Pieper, the new Executive Director of the Paulding Chamber of Commerce. "Wind energy has already brought to Paulding County hundreds of construction jobs, dozens of permanent jobs, lease payments to landowners while involving many local companies and Chamber members. We anticipate similar benefits from this new project." More.